Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

April 1, 2005

The Afghans, the U.S. Army, Beards, and Photoshop

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:48 pm

This is a heckuva great story. Here’s a teaser:

All US soldiers are expected to be clean-shaven, according to AR 670-1, the army regulation covering uniforms and appearance. That created a bit of a problem, since working with the Pashtuns while clean-shaven was a lot like being an undercover cop trying to infiltrate a biker gang while wearing a pink tutu and a lacy top. The powers that be had therefore, reluctantly, grudgingly, and sorrowfully, authorized SF teams working with the Afghans to grow beards. Of course, it being the Army and all, no way was there going to be a clean implementation of a policy that radical.

(Hat tip: Blackfive.)

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